Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Sully the service dog visits Bush’s casket in the US Capitol

Sully the service dog visits Bush’s casket in the US Capitol

He was also a patriot, serving his country with honor and distinction in Office and during the Second World War.

The yellow Labrador, who served the late president until his death on Friday, walked into the Rotunda on a leash with Americans in wheelchairs who have benefited from the Americans with Disabilities Act that Bush signed.

On Tuesday Dole was helped out of his wheelchair by an aide, slowly steadied himself and saluted Bush with his left hand, his chin quivering. "He was the Republican presidential nominee in 1996", writes Fox News.

"Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died", the message read.

They stood in front of the casket with their eyes closed for a few moments, before Mr Trump saluted the casket.

The funeral is set to begin at 11 a.m.

In an invocation opening Monday evening's ceremony, the U.S. House chaplain, the Rev. Patrick J Conroy, praised Bush's commitment to public service, from Navy pilot to congressman, United Nations ambassador, envoy to China and then Central Intelligence Agency director before being elected vice president and then president.

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During his four years in the White House, Bush ended the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait, steered the United States through the end of the Cold War and condemned China's 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. The former president's children and family - including former President George W. Bush - attended a Monday ceremony for the late president.

Bush will lie in state until Wednesday morning.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said "here lies a great man, a gentle soul".

Dole was given the library's award for public service at the time.

Mr Trump is expected to sit in a row of the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, alongside former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter for the service.

Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days.

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